Each month we are highlighting “Our Garden Tour Stars” -- landscape architects, florists and interior designers who have participated in our annual Garden Tour and Showcase Estate at the Virginia Robinson Gardens. We want to let you know about these very talented designers, their inspirations, and their creations.
This month, we are featuring interior designer Kathleen Spiegelman. A longtime Friends member, Kathleen’s beautiful Bel Air home has been on Garden Tour, and she has designed many of the rooms and outdoor spaces at Garden Tour over the years.
We asked her these five questions:
1. How did you decide to become an interior designer?
At a really early age, I was very interested in the design, color and placement of furniture. I had lots of ideas for the design of my home, and my parents were encouraging. They let me choose the colors and fabrics for the furniture in our Texas home which inspired me to pursue a career in design.
2. Which interior designer(s) (living or not living) have inspired you and why?
I have worked with a designer recently that I found really inspiring. Ernest De La Torre who has a design firm in NYC has a remarkable sense of color and design.
3. Which historical interior in the world is your favorite and why?
Château de Vaux-le-Vicomte in Paris, France…The palace is warm yet regal, and the gardens are superb which were done by André Le Nôtre.
4. Can you please share some photos of your home and/or projects you have worked on?
My Bel Air home was designed by architect Roland Coates. I returned it to its former glory with a Monterey Revival exterior and a Spanish Colonial interior:
A French-style home on Sunset Vale in Los Angeles:
An Italian Villa in the Beverly Hills Post Office area:
5. What is the book that inspires you the most?
The Bible is a book that has inspired me for many years.